. . . . could be picked from any one of half a dozen paragraphs in the Weekend FT’s ‘aesthete’ section.
“The people I rely on for grooming and style are scattered around the world. I have facials at the Carlyle in New York; I get massages at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow; my barber is at a place called Goth in Malta; and I have my shoes polished by Romi Topi in London.”
What a use for airport fuel. And
“What got me hooked on Berluti was its Andy Demesure Edition – a sort of skinny, very cool loafer, originally designed for Andy Warhol.” £1050.
Imagine if international travel were closed down; the unpolished shoes, unmanaged face, uncut hair. A whole new sense of the phrase ‘rely on’.
I have long suspected that ‘How to Spend It‘ was set up by a rogue Marxist at the FT, determined to discredit freemarket capitalism by the most effective means possible: displaying the vapid, pretentious conspicuous consumption favoured by some of the truly pointless rich. For those of us in favour of capitalism, it makes the job much harder.
I am a wealthy guy. If I ever get to the stage of spending my money like this, shoot me.